The Life You Give: Modest Mussorgsky *1839

Modest Mussorgsky, born Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, on March 9 [March 21, New Style], 1839, in Karevo, Russia, was the composer noted particularly for his opera Boris Godunov (final version first performed 1874), his songs, and his piano piece Pictures from an Exhibition (1874). Mussorgsky, along with Aleksandr Borodin, Mily Balakirev, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, and César Cui,… Continue reading The Life You Give: Modest Mussorgsky *1839

Johann Sebastian Bach, and the beginnings of a musical family

A pretty noise they must have made together! However, he learnt to keep time, and this apparently was the beginning of music in our family.”Johann Sebastian Bach, referring to his great-great-grandfather Veit Bach, a Lutheran baker who used to take his cittern to the mill, and play it while the mill was grinding. (Source: Britannica)

The Life You Give: Johann Sebastian Bach *1685

Johann Sebastian Bach, born March 21 [March 31, New Style], 1685, in Eisenach, Thuringia, Ernestine Saxon Duchies [Germany], was a composer of the Baroque era, the most celebrated member of a large family of north German musicians. Although he was admired by his contemporaries primarily as an outstanding harpsichordist, organist, and expert on organ building,… Continue reading The Life You Give: Johann Sebastian Bach *1685